Students go behind the scenes at Shedd and act as ecologists as they gather evidence to make recommendations for restoration of native fish populations in the Great Lakes region. This hands-on lab gives students the opportunity to test water samples and consider human impacts at a variety of sites to evaluate the suitability of habitat locations within the local watershed for fish reintroduction. The off-site version of the program provides a digital connection behind the scenes.
Learning Labs are inquiry-based lab programs in which students gain skills in scientific methods, collaboration, communication, teamwork and more. Learning Labs can take place at Shedd Aquarium or at a school.
this program is not currently available.
$125 per program
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
What to expect
- Students work in groups using scientific tools to explore a Great Lakes ecosystem
- Students generate their own hypotheses and pursue investigations to answer them
- Teacher and chaperones may participate
- Students use technology such as SMART Boards and multimedia resources
- Students present their findings to each other
Labs at Your School
Invasive species, ecology, ecosystems, human impact, population dynamics, water quality, macroinvertebrates as water-quality indicators
Scientific investigation and method, collaboration and communication, data collection and analysis, presentation, inquiry, communicating scientific data and evidence
- Next Generation Science Standards: HS-LS2-8
- Common Core Standards: WHST.9-12.7, RST.1 1-12.7
- Use of stairs; elevators are available
- Work in small groups in which participants could have unique tasks based on their choice, needs, or preference
- Moving and standing for up to 30 minutes
- Work taking place at standard tables with chairs provided
- Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels
- The learning environment as part of this lesson may include the following sensory triggers: unusual noises, which may be loud, low, or moderate; changes in lighting; unusual smells; touch sensitivity due to the use of tight-fitting gloves; and potential that participants may get wet or dirty.
- Facilitators will use portable voice amplification at times.
We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-939-2438. We look forward to assisting you.
Request a reservation online using the link on the program’s specific information page. Then, a member of our team will contact you to confirm your requested dates.
We will try to schedule your trip and any learning programs for your first chosen date. If that date is not available, we schedule you for the next available date of your choice. You will receive a confirmation email informing you of the field trip and any program dates, start times and fees. If you have registered for a virtual field trip or learning program, a Shedd staff member will contact you to confirm these details.
Yes, by digital connection and in person! For K-8 classrooms, our Live from Behind the Scenesprogram lets your students interact with Shedd's animal care experts.
We require one chaperone for every 10 students, although one for every five is recommended. Teachers are counted in the chaperone-to-student ratio. Please note: There is an individual fee if your chaperones exceed a 1:5 ratio.
Yes! We encourage teachers to visit so that they can prepare for their field trips. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can visit Shedd free by registering for a pass online. Please note: While teachers are admitted free, their guests will be required to pay the full admission price.
Up to 30 students
$125 per program
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.